World Twenty20 2014 March 31, 2014

Fatigue no excuse for sloppy Australia

Australia's early exit from the World T20 could be put down to sloppy cricket on the field from a squad that looked old, unbalanced and ill-suited to the challenges of Bangladesh
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It would be logical, and also convenient, to conclude that Australia's dire World Twenty20 campaign was simply a tournament too far. For a team, a management and a selection panel elated but exhausted by earlier achievements in a long summer, the trip to Bangladesh served mainly to delay a deserved homecoming for the likes of David Warner, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Darren Lehmann after their exploits against England and South Africa.

But it would also be too easy an out to settle on the explanation of physical and mental fatigue. Plainly, this was Australia's poorest showing at an ICC event in years, maintaining the side's longtime weakness in the shortest of the formats and exhuming some former scars inflicted by spin bowlers on subcontinental pitches. Like the 2010-11 Ashes that hurried along the Argus review, these were defeats to be deplored for how and why they occurred, and the source of some introspection about how Australia continue to struggle in T20.

A campaign in which the team were eliminated before their final pool match began is an even worse result than that of the 2013 Champions Trophy, the event that ended Mickey Arthur's tenure as coach following Warner's misbehaviour off the field and the timid performance of the team on it. There is no question of the Ashes architect Lehmann paying similarly this time around, but he and others would do well to learn from the sharp lessons of three defeats.

First among them is that confidence, hubris and brio can help Australia's players express themselves and perform at their best, but only when allied to a strong sense of hard work and a fastidiousness of preparation. Sloppy was not a word commonly heard when discussing the Test or ODI teams during the summer, but it was on the lips of Lehmann, the captain George Bailey and the national selector John Inverarity following each reverse in Dhaka. As Inverarity surmised:

"Our feelings are of disappointment. We were confident we had arrived at a very good squad, and I do recall it was very well received in the press. Also leading into the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh a number of well-informed pundits had Australia highly fancied. In those first two games against Pakistan and West Indies, we thought we could have won those two games, but there was some sloppiness in all three departments of the game, and we missed out on those two. The performance last night was poor. We're disappointed."

The sloppiness went beyond Australia's performances while batting, bowling and fielding also. James Faulkner's overly belligerent choice of words about West Indies in the lead-up to that match, that would ultimately eliminate Bailey's team, was a reflection not only of overconfidence but also the inability to read how times and circumstances had changed.

Shooting from the lip was a part of Australia's Test match success, and has been a significant factor in Faulkner's own success, but in Bangladesh it suggested a team less concerned with performing than settling scores. West Indies celebrated wildly in response, but took due care to ensure they only did so after the match had been secured. The lazy presumption of victory is often followed by the forfeiting of it.

Australia's selectors can also look back on the team they chose with some degree of regret, having pulled together a squad that appeared strong but ended up looking old, unbalanced and ill-suited to the challenges of the local conditions. This was most evident in the way the team fielded, quite visibly short of the Olympic standards set in Australia and South Africa, and noticeably missing the skills of numerous talented operators.

Partly this was due to time and tide. The national team's best fielders include the captain and T20 retiree Michael Clarke, the Test-matches-only paceman Ryan Harris, and the unavailable Mitchell Johnson. But others were available yet not called upon - Steven Smith would undoubtedly have excelled in Bangladesh much as he did in the Sheffield Shield final, while the athletic Nathan Coulter-Nile languished behind the decidedly less manoeuvrable Doug Bollinger.

"It's true that we haven't fielded well there," Inverarity said. "A number of our better fielders didn't have their best nights in the field either of those who were in the squad. I was talking to [selector on duty] Rod Marsh on the phone in Bangladesh two or three days ago, and he said he'd watched the fielding sessions and they were absolutely brilliant. But in the games we weren't up to our usual standard. Fact."

The deficiencies of Australia's batting were notable, whether it was in a dunderheaded and one-dimensional attempt to slog to victory over Pakistan from a position of strength, or in an unconditional surrender to India's spinners in an ultimately meaningless pool fixture on Sunday night. Fatigue can be partly blamed for this, but it will be disconcerting for their IPL owners to have seen Watson and Warner fail so completely to be influential. The sight of Watson standing his ground after being bowled rather summed up the gap between Australian batting's perception and reality. At least Watson was able to offer a frank assessment in the aftermath.

"It's not the first time the majority of us have played a lot of cricket back-to-back, it's no excuse whatsoever," Watson said. "It's integral to be able to get off to a great start in this tournament or you're out [early] like we were. It's absolutely no excuse whatsoever. I know everyone coming here was extremely excited about being involved in this team. We've got a lot of match-winners in our team with bat and ball but we just haven't been able to put it together unfortunately."

As for the bowlers, the tendency to concede runs in clumps was a recurring one, shredding the confidence of Mitchell Starc and leaving plenty to wonder how much Australia do now rely on Johnson. The attempt to replace him "like for like" with Bollinger as another left-arm paceman did not succeed, while Brad Hogg's inclusion must also be judged a failure. The introduction of James Muirhead was a worthier gamble, but Bailey's 2012 contention that Australia will have to think about encouraging a generation of doosra bowlers for subcontinental duty has only grown in relevance.

For now, the Australians must dress their wounds, finish their tournament neatly and return home for a rest. By the time they next face up to a major challenge - Pakistan in Dubai - it will be beyond any doubt that any staleness from the drawn out exertions of 2013-14 has passed. That tour, with its fixtures covering all three formats, will provide a decent gauge of whether the blind-spots evident in Bangladesh have simply emerged through overwork. If not, they will remain as major obstacles for a team hopeful of rising to far loftier heights than those of two forgettable weeks in Dhaka.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • VivGilchrist on April 2, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @ofcourse, note sure if you realise but there are 3 formats in cricket. Just because a country has a very good Test team, doesn't automatically make them a good T20 team, and vice versa. Look at WI, as soon as the have to bowl or bat more than 20 overs they are useless.

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    It doesn't matter. It's entertainment

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 2, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Starc is the best bowler in the world , Watson is the best all rounder, Warner is the best batsman , Haddin is the best keeper and Baily is the best captain the world as the fan's claim and everything proved against BD. great game by best teams in the world.

  • TheBigBoodha on April 1, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Ravi_Hari, you mean you HOPE Australia will never win the World Cup. I assume you think that Pakistan and The WI will never win either, given that they barely scraped past Australia in conditions which suited them to an extreme degree. Oh, sorry, forgot that they have already won it.

    Both PAK and the WI couldn't win a game in their last two trips to Aus. They were not even competitive. Australia won more than 50% of the short format games on their last tours of the WI and the UAE.

    I rest my case on the "never" argument.

    And comparing a bowler to Steyn's best over in the competition is nonsense. Why don't we say Steyn is not as good as Steyn's best over, given that he only pulled that stunt off once in the comp? These slow, flat conditions are much better for shorter, skiddy quicks like Malinga and Steyn. Tall quicks with a high action find it very tough here. Maybe that's why Morkel got smashed everywhere. It's just a possibility, of course!

  • ofcourse on April 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    I am tired of Lehman being called Ashes Architect or whatever. Credit to Aus victories over the last couple of series should ONLY go to MJ and strictly no one else. Lehman was just way too lucky to be at the right time at the right place. Just remove Mitch from the squad and Aus would have comfortably lost both Ashes and SA series. And, MJ wouldn't have done wonders in a T20 in Bang either - the conditions are far too different and he would have only had 4 overs afterall.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 1, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    People should understand Bd pitches are not best for pace balling and aus seems to have no interest in spin. If this tourny were held in South-Africa , might have been different story for aus. I am Bd fan by the way .

  • pat_one_back on April 1, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    As disappointing as Australia's failure to fire has been, it's a fair testament to Aust general success how quickly and deeply the knives have come out. A couple of close games were lost, that's T20, Pakistan, India & WI are all worthy of a finals berth, it's hardly Ireland or the Netherlands getting through ahead. Hopefully the learning for Aust is build an entirely separate team and infrastructure before this cricket equivalent to Rugby's Hong Kong 7's detracts undue resources from ongoing Test success.

  • DC75 on April 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I am an indian fan and I like australian team. Aus had world beaters but they simply did not put it together. I would have gone with Aus team with few changes - expecially with Steve Smith and probably Lyon for this T20 world cup, that along with MJ being available would have resulted in Aus win easily. To say that Aus does not care is wrong - they would not have sent highly talented team. To say that Aus does not play T20 game well - if so, how come IPL has so many match winning aus players or for that matter why BBL is a success? Play this T20 tournament outside of the sub continent and same Aus team would be crushing other teams. To put it in simple words - team needed more spin options, should have had some cricket smartness (as Warnie puts it), thats all it is, do not put too much in Aus performance, they are going to be more than handful in 2015 world cup - that is the reality.

  • ravi_hari on April 1, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    The basic problem with Aussies is a weak leader and a team which forgot what aggression is. The way the bowlers come in and just go through the motions hardly inspires anybody, leave alone taking wickets. Both Starc and Bollinger lacked the impact which a Jhonson or Harris would have made. It is astonishing to see Faulkner giving away 12 runs in 4 balls while Steyn defends 7 in the last over. There is a huge gap in what people expected and what transpired on the field. Highly disappointing. I think Bailey is a very weak leader who himself does not know when to defend and when to attack. His bowling changes, his field placements and the batting order all were faulty. In the opening game Hodge should have come in before Bailey. With just 7.5 to get an over, sensible batting was the need of the hour and Hodge could have ensured it. In the second game giving an expensive Starc the 19th over was a blunder. Watson or Maxwell should have bowled it. I dont think Aussies can ever win T20 WC.

  • VivGilchrist on April 1, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie, Darren Sammy, these are the type of players that excell in T20 - economical bowlers and a one-dimensional slogger. This style of player would rarely take a Test wicket or make consistent Test runs. They cannot hold a candle to a Ryan Harris or Dale Steyn, or a Hashim Amla, but in T20 they are kings. T20 has given a generation of players not quite good enough a chance to shine.

  • VivGilchrist on April 2, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @ofcourse, note sure if you realise but there are 3 formats in cricket. Just because a country has a very good Test team, doesn't automatically make them a good T20 team, and vice versa. Look at WI, as soon as the have to bowl or bat more than 20 overs they are useless.

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    It doesn't matter. It's entertainment

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 2, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Starc is the best bowler in the world , Watson is the best all rounder, Warner is the best batsman , Haddin is the best keeper and Baily is the best captain the world as the fan's claim and everything proved against BD. great game by best teams in the world.

  • TheBigBoodha on April 1, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Ravi_Hari, you mean you HOPE Australia will never win the World Cup. I assume you think that Pakistan and The WI will never win either, given that they barely scraped past Australia in conditions which suited them to an extreme degree. Oh, sorry, forgot that they have already won it.

    Both PAK and the WI couldn't win a game in their last two trips to Aus. They were not even competitive. Australia won more than 50% of the short format games on their last tours of the WI and the UAE.

    I rest my case on the "never" argument.

    And comparing a bowler to Steyn's best over in the competition is nonsense. Why don't we say Steyn is not as good as Steyn's best over, given that he only pulled that stunt off once in the comp? These slow, flat conditions are much better for shorter, skiddy quicks like Malinga and Steyn. Tall quicks with a high action find it very tough here. Maybe that's why Morkel got smashed everywhere. It's just a possibility, of course!

  • ofcourse on April 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    I am tired of Lehman being called Ashes Architect or whatever. Credit to Aus victories over the last couple of series should ONLY go to MJ and strictly no one else. Lehman was just way too lucky to be at the right time at the right place. Just remove Mitch from the squad and Aus would have comfortably lost both Ashes and SA series. And, MJ wouldn't have done wonders in a T20 in Bang either - the conditions are far too different and he would have only had 4 overs afterall.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 1, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    People should understand Bd pitches are not best for pace balling and aus seems to have no interest in spin. If this tourny were held in South-Africa , might have been different story for aus. I am Bd fan by the way .

  • pat_one_back on April 1, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    As disappointing as Australia's failure to fire has been, it's a fair testament to Aust general success how quickly and deeply the knives have come out. A couple of close games were lost, that's T20, Pakistan, India & WI are all worthy of a finals berth, it's hardly Ireland or the Netherlands getting through ahead. Hopefully the learning for Aust is build an entirely separate team and infrastructure before this cricket equivalent to Rugby's Hong Kong 7's detracts undue resources from ongoing Test success.

  • DC75 on April 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I am an indian fan and I like australian team. Aus had world beaters but they simply did not put it together. I would have gone with Aus team with few changes - expecially with Steve Smith and probably Lyon for this T20 world cup, that along with MJ being available would have resulted in Aus win easily. To say that Aus does not care is wrong - they would not have sent highly talented team. To say that Aus does not play T20 game well - if so, how come IPL has so many match winning aus players or for that matter why BBL is a success? Play this T20 tournament outside of the sub continent and same Aus team would be crushing other teams. To put it in simple words - team needed more spin options, should have had some cricket smartness (as Warnie puts it), thats all it is, do not put too much in Aus performance, they are going to be more than handful in 2015 world cup - that is the reality.

  • ravi_hari on April 1, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    The basic problem with Aussies is a weak leader and a team which forgot what aggression is. The way the bowlers come in and just go through the motions hardly inspires anybody, leave alone taking wickets. Both Starc and Bollinger lacked the impact which a Jhonson or Harris would have made. It is astonishing to see Faulkner giving away 12 runs in 4 balls while Steyn defends 7 in the last over. There is a huge gap in what people expected and what transpired on the field. Highly disappointing. I think Bailey is a very weak leader who himself does not know when to defend and when to attack. His bowling changes, his field placements and the batting order all were faulty. In the opening game Hodge should have come in before Bailey. With just 7.5 to get an over, sensible batting was the need of the hour and Hodge could have ensured it. In the second game giving an expensive Starc the 19th over was a blunder. Watson or Maxwell should have bowled it. I dont think Aussies can ever win T20 WC.

  • VivGilchrist on April 1, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie, Darren Sammy, these are the type of players that excell in T20 - economical bowlers and a one-dimensional slogger. This style of player would rarely take a Test wicket or make consistent Test runs. They cannot hold a candle to a Ryan Harris or Dale Steyn, or a Hashim Amla, but in T20 they are kings. T20 has given a generation of players not quite good enough a chance to shine.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on April 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    not much of a surprise , i always though from the beginning itself Australia will struggle , they don't have mystery spinners to keep the batsman guessing and their fast bowlers was always going to be nullified by the dew , and slow low pitches , and as for their batting it was pretty one dimensional with players going for everything or nothing , they were clueless on when to attack and more importantly didn't care to rotate strike

  • on April 1, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    First time I am seeing an Aussies team with no plan and no spirit at all. In the first match against Pakistan when Bailey was asked why he chose to bowl, he said that no particular reason for batting. Pakistan was under tremendous pressure and every single commentator was telling get the toss and bat first. Would like to see some aggressive captain in the team who will take it to the opposition from the very first moment of the game like Ponting or Clarke.

  • yoohoo on April 1, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Not having steve smith in the team was the biggest blunder of the lot. With his hittting against spin, and useful leg spin bowling, he is a shoo-in into any T20 team in the world. Any day far worthier than Cameron White or Brad Hogg or Muirhead.

  • johns291 on April 1, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    As Australian Rules Football followers will know, at season's end a team needs to decide whether they 'top up' by recruiting senior players to help push their team deep into the finals, or rebuild with youth knowing that there may be a few years in the wilderness before meeting with success.

    Australia clearly went for a 'topping up' policy coming into this tournament - by recycling the likes of Hogg, Hodge, Bollinger and to a degree Haddin. Had this met with success then they would have been considered to be geniuses.

    However, in the very first match when Hogg, Hodge and Bollinger all dropped catches, and in the second match when Haddin failed to perform at his best, it became clear that the gamble had failed.

    The time has come to rebuild - to select players with a mid to long term futures, with the understanding that even when they make mistakes there is hope that, in time, they will improve and transition from g a team of match winners to a match winning team.

  • ygkd on April 1, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Australia just aren't all that good in the sub-continent either. The limited success on the last tour of Sri Lanka was hardly ground-breaking - the Lankans should have been severely disappointed with that result. Australia needs to channel players who can adapt well to lower, slower, spin-friendly tracks and Australia needs to expand its state base to include at least one such track. Otherwise, what we see now we will continue to see for some time to come.

  • ArminW on April 1, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    As an aussie fan I am the first to admit that we are just not very good at T20 cricket at the moment. We have improved in Test and One Day formats at home though, which is a much better situation than say a year or two ago. Cricket in Australia is going through a generation change at the moment, lets hope that will bring out some T20 superstars of the future or another quality spinner would be nice. The BBL is a great event watched by big crowds during summer, which will bring more kids into cricket which can only be good for a game competing with a lot of other popular sports in this country.

  • on April 1, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    I think from an Australian point of view, the time has come to separate the Test players from the T20 players altogether. The games are like chalk and cheese. Is it any wonder that players like Warner, Haddin, Starc have bettered their Test games while their T20 form slips? Smith is in the best form of his life and in the best place he could be. It's been hard work to get there and it could easily be destroyed by expecting him to take on a big T20 role as well. Australia is well placed for present and future Test and one-day players. Let's concentrate on that and let the others, who can't cut the mustard in the real stuff, worry about T20. Time to get the priorities right.

  • on April 1, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    The first two games were close and it was the third game that was a disaster and here the bowling was ok . I think Australia made a few errors and they showed up . They certainly should have bowled people like Maxwell, Hodge and White more on these wickets . Muirhead seems promising and both warner and Finch did not deliver while Bailey failed. Hodge must have batted higher and I will never forgive Maxwell for getting set every time and not going through to finish the game. when a player is in form he cannot leave it to someone else . This australian t2o is much better in conditions like australia, south africa and england but needs to cope better in these conditions. In any case australia, new zealand and england are out and west Indies too may be out leaving three subcontinetnal teams for the semis as was the prediction .Lets hope australia show their mettle in the UAE and beat Pakistan .

  • TheBigBoodha on March 31, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    BTW screamingeagle, it is true that Australians don't think T20 is very important internationally. That's simply telling the truth. For example, when I picked up my newspaper the morning of the game against India there was not a single story on the upcoming Aus-India game in the paper. Nothing. By comparison there were twenty pages devoted to Australian football.

  • sifter132 on March 31, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    It's all a beat up. Australia wasn't far from winning all of their matches. They were in front with 2 overs to go vs WI, with 10 overs to go vs Pak and probably in front at the halfway point vs India. The fielding was sloppy but also unlucky. Australia seemed to be diving for balls more than any other team in the tournament, not because of bad technique but because the ball was just missing their fielders. Of course there are still weaknesses. Bowling execution was genearlly poor. Starc bowled a lot of tripe. Muirhead bowled a bad over in each game. Faulkner missed his lengths vs WI. The batting vs spin was poor, particularly strike rotation - it was boundary or nothing. Finch and Warner wanted to cut everything through the 3rd man gap. Finch racking up the dot balls vs spin in the 10-15 over range was what cost Australia in game 1 when they should have cruised to victory. Someone who can work spinners with comfort, like Steve Smith, was sorely missed I feel.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 31, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    I still see many Aussie fans here offering fresh excuses for their team's pathetic display in such an important ICC event. The new excuses now are - "Oh, it's ONLY T20 cricket !", "Oh, we are still the best in test cricket". Really ? Is that all you folks have to bring to a constructive argument ? Well it's time to accept that Australia are simply not good at this level of T20 cricket. The same goes to English fans who keep giving excuses like - "tough to play on slow pitches" etc. Accept that your teams are not good to play in the sub continent. As one Aussie fan put it, how about NOT coming to ICC tournaments held in Asia? At least we can get in talented teams like Afghanistan, Nepal and Holland directly into the tournament instead of qualification rounds. It saves everyone precious time and money.

  • on March 31, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    For all the progress under Lehmann, and the impressive victories against England and South Africa, one thing still remains true -- Australia struggle badly on slower pitches where spin and reverse swing are the main weapons. We saw that in the Port Elizabeth Test, and we saw it last year in England and India (albeit Lehmann was not the coach in India).

    Past Australian teams have also at times found it difficult to perform in such conditions, but I guess the difference is that those teams still had enough residual skill to be competitive, and also had the work ethic to keep improving their performance on alien wickets. I think SA at their best are good in all conditions, but obviously they're not at the top of the tree anymore.

  • SamNY2013 on March 31, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Aussie doesnt have what it takes to win games on slow pitches.

  • Alexk400 on March 31, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    It shows bailey is not good captain when it comes to leadership. he should have managed faulkner. This way clarke better. Aussies are always talkative but this team can not back it up because all of the players are bits and pieces players who always have hit or miss games

  • sarangsrk on March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Haha...I can't stop laughing here looking at the comments from some of the aussie fans. The fact that so many of you are trying to defend your team and the disappointment written large on faces of all players, I sure don't think that this exit doesn't mean anything. If it still doesn't, then you are not showing respect to one form of cricket which is very competitive and you are really not a true fan. Respect the game and support all formats. As an Indian fan, I would hate to see my team lose in any format. If you guys only care about tests, why do we see such huge crowd in BBL and would you mind not playing the One day world cup next year as it is not "TEST" cricket? Grow up, guys. Fair Dinkum.

  • Unmesh_cric on March 31, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Not including Steven Smith was a crucial mistake. He is a fantastic T20 player in subcontinental conditions and a decent player of spin. He is quite an acrobatic fielder too (best boundary fielder in the world in my opinion). He had a very good season for Pune Warriors in IPL a couple of years back. His team was misfiring, but he was the only bright spot for them. He won a few matches for them single-handedly. Why would you exclude such a player?

  • anuajm on March 31, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Too harsh are we? Don't think they could have pulled a better team, all form players from Big bash and major impact players. Only reason to lose was overconfidence i would say and no batsman taking responsibility to bat through. Everybody wanted to slog to glory and that's where they lost out. But let's not forget Australia is the best team in the world right now in most conditions. Beating England 5-0 and then defeating SA in SA is a great achievement and couple of loses in the shortest format can't take away that. And let's not compare IPL with any form of international cricket. Both Watson and Warner will hit their way to glory and make a mincemeat of bowlers in the tournament primarily designed to have fun. Remember, Australia also won ODI's and T20 against England and SA. In a short in killing format like this, let's accept that their strategy just did not work.

  • GermanPlayer on March 31, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Maybe they also need to work on their love for other teams...especially that guy Faulkner...

    Australia are not a one dimensional team, nor are they home bullies...but of late they have gone into the habit of making the life difficult for themselves.

  • on March 31, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    And lets not read too much into t20 defeats that Australia are unable to play spin, They won in SRL test series 1-0 comprehensively in 2011 and won against Pak in ODIs in 2012, 2-1.So this team does play spin alright.Bailey though is a liabilty.

  • on March 31, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    They were terrible in the field and that is the prime reason they lost.The team selection was shambolic too,how christian,Bollinger,hogg, coulter nile get selected is a mystery left to OZ selectors.But then thats that and it would be too much to read into two losses against WI and Pakistan.But Australia looked ragged and switched off very unlike Australia, maybe there wasnt any fire in the belly to go see through the wins. Frankly for what they have achieved through this current season, this T20 debacle shouldnt overshadow all that.Plus Pakistan and India have been playing cricket in Bangladesh for a month, and WI played in similar pitches back home, and are arguably the 3 top t20 sides in world

  • wonderstar1 on March 31, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I personally like the Oz team. But their fans denial is the one that i hate. the moment they lose T-20 they tell Australians don't care about short format. so then why bother sending the team at all? as far as test cricket is concerned, if they cant win in India they tell Ind prepare dust bowls blah blah when their players themselves accept that India is their toughest opponent. so for aus test cricket is the real cricket (which I totally agree) but only if Aus wins it. if they lose, they don't consider as it was played on doctored pitches.

  • goonshow on March 31, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    I like the look of Muirhead... has something about him definitely.

    On another note - interesting to see the Ozzie comments lauding test cricket - when SA could afford to lose a series to them and still be way out in front on the ranking... and - to all those lauding India as being the best all-round team today, SA are only 2 pts outside the top 3 in ODI and T20 rankings... surely best way to establish the top all-round team is to add all their ranking points and divide by 3.... which puts SA (just!) ahead of India.

  • bcw773 on March 31, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I can't see how we can say that Hogg's selection was a failure when he bowled quite well against New Zealand in the warm up, was average against Pakistan (who play spin well) and wasn't selected in the last two matches (in which Muirhead wasn't that flash either). There's not enough evidence in this series to say anything about him other than that he probably is getting a bit long in the tooth to be running around representing Australia in a world cup. Be interesting to see how he goes in the CLT20.

  • on March 31, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    The fact is Aussies are sore losers..When they win they behave like they are world beaters and invincible.. I can bet my last penny on this..If australia had won this wt20, none of the aussie fans would have said t20 is hit and giggle cricket.. They would all had gone gaga over their team's performance.. But now that they have lost comprehensively..All the aussies fans(Not all but most of them) are saying t20 cricket doesn't matter , test cricket is real cricket..WE ARE NOT PLAYING WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT NOW! ITS WORLD T20! Be a sportsman..

  • goonshow on March 31, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Sadly it seems - after a great series in SA - both on and off the field, Ozzie is reverting to clumsy, arrogant and excuse-making. India and SA have played just as much cricket - with India facing the loss of Tendulkar and SA in two of their greatest ever players: Smith and Kallis. And many of the SA squad in Bangladesh (far more than the Aussies) were involved in the Tests, ODI's and 20 series in SA...

    Apart from Faulkner adopting the Warner mantle of diplomacy, it's sad to see the supporters taking a similar line: dissing the format as a transparently sour-grapes way of cloaking the fact that Oz just didn't perform. Tiredness, mickey-mouse format? Don't enter the competition is you're not up to it... or think it's beneath your dignity. Perhaps Ozzie is indeed the Clark/Johnson/Warner show with little substance beneath that?

  • KabsCricki on March 31, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Most of the games have been close, it comes down to an over or a few balls that decide the games, so it can't all be placed on chance or luck, this is the nature of T20's and you win from dealing with the close situations in the heat of the moment. S.A have done this pretty well this tournament, when it counts. The T20 series versus OZ was meaningless compared to the world cup so its how you handle the big moments that defines how well you do in T20 world cup. India still the team to beat though.

  • screamingeagle on March 31, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    While I see plenty of comments about Aussies not rating T20, it might be worthwhile noting that most people do not rate Aussies in the format. More than losing the matches, it was the manner of losing that makes people snigger. Or is it that Aussies do not care being shown up as useless in this format of cricket? Going by the comments, that is what it looks like. The other alternative is that these arguments come out only when they lose..ie sour grapes. Either way, bye.

  • on March 31, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @Tony Mccann- What happened to australia when they toured India last year? If Australia was so dedicated to tests then why did they lost 4-0 to India in the test series? The worst defeat for Australia in 40 years.. India is in top 3 in every format..I don't think any team at the present moment is so consistent in every format..No need find excuse for ur defeat here..Just admire ur opposition and show some sportsmanship and say opposition played well..

  • on March 31, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    jorge Baily should not be the captain! also Aron Finch should not play T20. Also ausies should find a match changing sprinner such as Shane warn! as they have good ranking for ODI and Test, for T20 also they should have good ranking! i recommend shane watson should be the captain.

  • on March 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Australia have missed a trick. Shane watson is at his best when he opens the batting and not at no3 and brad haddin is not a good t20 player,mathew wade is better when it comes to t20. australia were in track for the chase against pakistan. Steven smith should be ahead of brad hodge,steven smith had a great Big bash and jackson bird should have played . He too had a good Big Bash season.

  • vrkp on March 31, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - you must be kidding when you say the scheduling is wrong and Aussie players are tired. if you look at their XI vs India and in fact in all three matches, only few players were playing from SA tour onwards - Warner, Haddin and Watson. Maxwell, Finch, White, the new spinner, Hodge, Starc, Bollinger etc. You can't say Watson was tired as he never played a long innings in SA so there is no way he can get tired. If at all any team was tired, then it must be India. Except for Kohli, Ashwin, Rohit, Shami, Jadeja, Rahane etc. are all playing non-stop since SA tour, then followed by NZ tour and Asia cup (Dhoni, Raina and Yuvi apart). Even Watson and Bailey said tiredness is no excuse at all.

  • on March 31, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Yesss. India is the only team to be in the top 3 in all 3 formats of the game. we struggled to perform outside sub-continent, so do the other teams.

  • johntycodes on March 31, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    I'm glad we are out of the tournament and we should rest all our test players so there is no chance of injury. The 20-20 world cup is meaningless and isn't held in high regard. It's held twice every 4 years for some reason.

  • VickySuperXI on March 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    This Australian team doesn't have good finisher or a match winner. Maxwell is the only T20 player who plays and contributes in every match.Australia need a Narine or Ajmal or atleast a Tredwell.

  • on March 31, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    I'll start worrying about Australia's performances in the important format, once one of the 4 subcontinent teams becomes the first to win a test series in the 70 years of continental rivalry/

  • Pathiyal on March 31, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    i expected India to win. but was a bit disappointed the way the champs played!! seemed something was bothering them all. i believe maxi should have stayed on rather than doing some rash stroke esp. against an intelligent bowler.

  • Dielo on March 31, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    The beginning of the end was when Faulkner opened his big mouth and dissed the Windies and the Gangnam dance. What should have been a clinical win against a temparamental side turned into an inspiring underdog win against the Aussies. Once that happened they were never going to the semis unless they steamrolled the opposition in both matches.

  • Batmanian on March 31, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    A like-for-like replacement for MJ? Bollinger is a good-humoured man, but that's just cruel

  • on March 31, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Totally agree with Jason, Australia's no1 focus is TEST cricket, which sadly isn't everyone's. See Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and India, there players are creating legacy's through the short form of the games which won't stack up against the greats. Everyone makes Chris Gayle out to be a great batsmen, he is NOT, he is a great hitter of a ball, the longer form of the game he is hopeless. AUS could leave every T20 Tournament early, as long as they are in the top 2/3 in test and ODI (Proper cricket) Im happy.

  • 214ty on March 31, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I don't think there was any problem wit the team selection. Australia could have won every match with 100 runs on the board. The problem is the bowlers. As I have said before in T20 you must bowl straight and bowl a lot of yorkers. How many Yorkers has Mitchel Starc bowled in the tournament and look at his figures, especially his last over against West Indies. Every good Yorker is an estimated one run. So make the math. That's why India choked them, caused India bowled straight. I've not seen anything new in Australia's bowling attack, they just bowl short, wide and all over the place. Where is the bowling coach? I don't think Australia is learning anything from the other teams.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on March 31, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    As an England fan, I would love to have been knocked out of the competition by very close defeats to likely winners Windies, Pakistan or India! We England fans have to console ourselves with tournament ending defeats to teams like the Netherlands.

  • ScottStevo on March 31, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I think the squad was fine. We did well enough in the first 2 matches - should really have won both. In the first match our batting should've seen us through when requiring 70 from 54 with 8 wickets in hand (although our fielding and bowling were poor too) and in the second our death bowling cost us and with 5, 4, 3, 2 and even 1 over remaining, we looked more likely to win, albeit the 2nd last and last overs were awful. That's T20 for you. In the match vs India we bowled a lot better but our batting performance was shocking and we were rightfully hammered. Thankfully at that point it didn't matter anyway. We were on the wrong side of 2 close ones against arguably 2 of the better T20 teams and lost against the team that must surely now be favourites to win the cup. Is there any need for an excuse, we just got beat on the day.

  • Samdanh on March 31, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @Maruti Prasanna: Your "They play spinners poorly and have no good spinners in the team." is correct. Rest, including "They have been heavily dependent on Johnson of late, to win them matches on good bowling tracks". is best ignored. Guess you guys keep watching only matches that India play in. Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne are no longer bowlers pitches. But they are decent Test picthes and left undoctored irrespective of opposition team's strengths or weaknesses. I will explian my second statement here: The second Test in recent series in SA was played on a featherbed. Aus lost that match. The third Test was played on another flat track. But Johnson and co delivered a victory and thereby a series win in SA, at the fag end of the 5th day. Follow all cricket so you observe and comment better

  • Samdanh on March 31, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe should be there in place of Hogg or Muirhead. He can bat as well Aus repeatedly excluding Steve is perplexing to say the least. Look at what Dhoni and India are doing to Jadeja. Please learn. Take horses for courses. Hope when they tour the Gulf for playing Pak or when they visit India or SL next, they prepare to take Steve, besides Muirhead, besides Lyon. And to say the least, Aus batsmen should learn to play spin on tracks that turn not from day one but from ball one. That is how underprepared the picthes will be in India and SL. Be prepared for those underprepared conditions

  • on March 31, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    T20 has its place in the modern game. Its consumer friendly which makes lots of money and is good for associate teams. But as far as most serious cricket fans in Aust are concerned its still Mickey Mouse cricket. Winning the Ashes 5-0 and then beating the Saffas 2-1 at home, thats the real deal!

  • on March 31, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Australia is one dimesional team , good only on fast pitches. They play spinners poorly and have no good spinners in the team. They have been heavily dependent on Johnson of late, to win them matches on good bowling tracks.

  • ToneMalone on March 31, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Frankly, I just can't see how these defeats were "deplorable", or needing a lot of introspection. Sure, Australia were disappointing given their strong lead-up T20 performances. And sure, Australia would love a couple of spare mystery spinners - just as most subcontinental teams would love a couple of paceman nudging 150kph.

    The fact is, Australia were effectively knocked out by two nail-biting T20 losses. It could've happened to any of the teams in this format. To even mention the Argus review as a point of comparison with this latest Australian performance? Strikes me as a bit over the top ...

  • KarachiKid on March 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I have not seen Aussy batsmen playing so mindlessly. I cannot understand the statement "Aussy batsmen were not aware of match situation" too hard to digest. Especially against India, the batsmen seemed like actually wanting to lose the match...I did not see any sense in that batting. Even Afridi would have played a bit more sensibly. Yes I mean it. All the key batsmen who played like jerks (including Maxwell who got in and then himself got out every time) should punished by not being selected for next 1 year !!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 31, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Def. scheduling has to be queried.Coming as it is at fag end of long,taxing season fatigue was always going to play a part this t20 wc.Was hardly any time to acclamatise too.Add dull slow,low pitches,dew,is no surprise it's been most boring vers. so far.

  • blink182alex on March 31, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    No need for panic. T20 is an unpredictable game and anything can happen on the day. I believe our team was well balanced at the start of the competition and most also agreed which is why we were pre tournament favorites.

    We've just been a bit sloppy in loosing wickets in clusters and dropping catches. Our death bowling has been the big problem though.

    All well and good to say x should of played instead of y, but this was the best side we could possibly pick with the exception of Johnson. On another day the same 11 we have picked in every match could of won the 3 games we've played so far.

  • Jagger on March 31, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Every batsman in the Aussie team down to number 8 was capable of 74 off 33 balls but of the 24 completed innings, only one achieved it. 18 of the 28 wickets to fall came from spinners. A staggering 7 wickets fell to spinners vs India. Yet in Australia, spinners continue to get hammered against the very same batsmen and Ashwin will never get 4 for 11 of 3.2 overs outside the subcontinent.

    It's the pitches. I couldn't care less about winning in the sub-continent anymore as the odds are too heavily stacked against us. I prefer watching a fairer atmosphere to play in, one where the contest is between bat and ball.

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Team selection wasn't too bad...The issue is we still struggle against spin bowling. Opposition teams have done their homework on us. Pakistan, West Indies and India all played 3 spin bowlers against us. Out of 28 wickets in total lost in 3 matches, we have lost 18 wickets to spin. Surely that says something?

    Steve Smith should have been a walk up start over Watson. Also missed a trick by AGAIN not picking Steve O'Keefe.

    If they were picking 'old guys' - why weren't Mike Hussey and Brett Lee chosen? Experienced batsman and great player of spin + experienced death and new ball bowler

    Most of the squad was correct, just missed a trick by picking fatigued Watson and Haddin, as well as Bollinger and Starc - far too expensive with ball

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    This summer was all about winning back the Ashes and winning in SA Against the worlds No.1 test team, the T20 World cup was an afterthought. I Could not care less about going out early, test cricket is the pinnacle, T20 is nothing but a hit and a giggle for me. While for teams like India, Pakistan and WI, The T20 World cup was the be all and end all of there summer. Them Nations players want to be known as great T20 Players and most of them isn't bothered about test cricket. Gayle, Narine, Afridi and the Akmal brothers to name a few. Lets see how they fair out next year in NZ and AUS For the 50 over world cup, when it will be the main attraction of the summers cricket for AUS.

  • David_Boon on March 31, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    *shrug* It's only T20, who cares. The players are rightfully disappointed because they're professionals and they hate to lose, but nobody in Australia really cares. IPL soon then some much deserved rest for the team after one of the greatest summers in Australian cricket history. Well done guys.

  • siddhartha87 on March 31, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    this Australian campaign reminds me of India's 2009 t20 wc.In 2009 India had a red hot batting line up. Gambhir,Raina and Yusuf Pathan were in form of their life at that time. Add Yuvi and Dhoni to that,defending t20 champions.But they got eliminated after 3 consecutive losses against South Africa,West Indies and England.

  • Markdal on March 31, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    I think the blame lays firmly at the feet of the Loony Tunes selections. Initially, no Lynn or Cutting was always going to hurt, but the selections during the tourney have been puzzling. Hogg is a proven performer, yet was dropped after 1 game. I know we need to bring the younger guys through, but you also want to win the tournament. Starc should have been dropped after his wayward effort against the WI, but got another game. Coulter-Nile in for one and dropped, Faulkner in for one and dropped. We all love Boof and know his main focus is on Tests, but at least give the other formats a little thought.

  • Mindmeld on March 31, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Angus, I don't agree bowling stocks are slim. In these conditions tall quicks like Starc just sit up to be hit. Ask Morkel about it. Starc is a terric short format bowler, but his searing lift and pace off the track just die here. Look at the WI bowling lineup. Not a single fast bowler! But in these conditions a dibbly dobbly 120 click bowler like Sammy is a better bet than a 6'6" quick!

    Teams like India and WI with mediocre quicks and bog-average spinners like Ashwin are totally flattered here. Their weaknesses become invisible - including inability to play pace and bounce.

  • Int.Curator on March 31, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    The Australian team now know with certainty you cannot continue to ignore the slowness of these good sub continent pitches by bowling seamers or pace. Spinners of all skill level have had success on these wickets. Australia chose a bowling path that could never succeed in Bangladesh.

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Once you lose a match you are outplayed. They lost all three do the math. T20 is a game of skill. Take shots like the dilly scoop and reverse sweep, theyre played with finesse. So all t20 haters who say its a slog fest you guys need to think again

  • siddhartha87 on March 31, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    the team selection was good. But Australia faltered mostly due to their casual attitude. Never saw such poor fielding from them in last 20 years. When it came to batting their plan was only to hit sixes. Their batting never worked to be honest. Even if they score 175 and 179 in first two matches, they were highly inconsistent in those innings. This Australian line has the ability to score 200+ in any pitch if they play properly. Another reason for losing the first two matches was they took Badree and Babar too lightly.And against India they were never really in the match. They were too shocked after getting eliminated. If they dont play seriously in the last match they will lose in that too .

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    T20 is such a lottery that I wouldn't read too much into the early exit of the Australians. That being said their bowling stocks look pretty slim without Johnson.

  • Busie1979 on March 31, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Knee jerk reaction. There is a lot of luck in T20. This is a very good T20 side - perhaps lacking in a seam bowler who can take the pace off the ball. They had 1 shocker in a game that didn't really matter. The other 2 games they lost from winning positions - disappointing, but at least they got into winning positions.

    Not sure about the selection alternatives Brettig has proposed. Smith - possibly worth a look but Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge and White is a pretty scary line up. Clarke and Harris aren't T20 players. Harris and Johnson are injured. NCN hasn't bowled well for Australia. Bollinger was a surprising selection but bowled ok. Hogg only bowled 3 overs so hard to judge. The real problem is that Hogg, Hodge, Muirhead, Faulkner and Starc were all short of cricket. Warm up games in Oz / SA doesn't help.

    Lets not panic. Despite this result, Aust T20 is in good shape.

  • drfarnsworth on March 31, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    I knew this would get blown out. The only time Australia were outplayed was against India, when they knew they were already out of the tournament. Against Pakistan, we recovered well in the chase and were ahead until Finch got out (it's not entirely his fault though) and against West Indies Watson should have bowled the 19th over, not Starc. In hindsight we can say Hodge, Hogg, and Haddin should not have been picked and Smith, Lynn, etc should have, but to score 170s in first two games should have been enough (Akmal dropped early would have brought Pakistan's total to 160/170). In my opinion, Bollinger bowled fine and economically, Starc was a letdown and there should have been Hogg AND Muirhead in the same XI from the first game.

  • Hardy1 on March 31, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I think with T20s you have to keep in mind that a lot of it just depends on chance. It's a 2 week tournament & as we all know, the gap between teams is minimised in T20s because it's rare for the entire team to bat & bowlers' main job becomes to not concede runs rather than take wickets per se. When it comes to international T20s the chance factor increases even further because a team plays a maximum of 6 games in the World Cup, whereas in the IPL this is much more (& even still only CSK & MI have been consistent in that tournament).

    In these kinds of situations little things (such as fatigue in the Australian team after a long & successful summer) become amplified & a lot of it depends on if the team's in the right state of mind for a limited period of time, & that itself will depend on things like how comfortable teams are in the local environment & whether or not they're enjoying themselves. In conclusion, don't read too much into T20 results.

  • ta901 on March 31, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    missed Mitchel Johnson in t20 games...better luck for aussies in future.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on March 31, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think the reason is pretty simple: like most teams going around these days, Australia are unstoppable in familiar conditions but distinctly average when forced out of their comfort zone. A 0-7 record in their last 9 tests outside of Australia and South Africa attests to that. For all the praise that has come Lehmann's way, a lot people seem to forget that Australia won 8-2 in their last 12 home tests under the much reviled Arthur.

  • Harlequin. on March 31, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I was surprised not to see Steve Smith out there, I'd have thought he would have been an ideal pick - can an Aussie shed light on why he wasn't there?

    As for Watson, Warner & Haddin - if they'd have been given the option of an Ashes win and a victory in SA or the T20 crown, I'd put money on them all choosing the former.

    And the point about how much of a difference MJ makes is very valid and probably shouldn't be underestimated.

  • AltafPatel on March 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    The team selection was great. The problem with the batsmen not being patient. As seen in the tournament, teams don't play big shots in first 10 overs and score more than 100 in next 10. It's failure team strategy by coach and captain. Bailey doesn't seem to be serious as captain setting fields or discussing with bowlers when required having mind that I am batsman and nothing to do with other than that. He had same mentality when toured India few months back losing ODI series 3-2 and allowing India to chase 350 plus total twice.

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Also, it's the left cared about format in Australia. I'm not saying it's not important for all the international fans out there - but every cricket fan I know stopped talking about cricket straight after the South African tests. Only the diehards are even vaguely interested and even then it's seen as a bit of hit and giggle. Maybe cricket Australia has Kurt invented their resources where they will see returns?

  • Mindmeld on March 31, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    The truth is that they were hardly bad, except in the last game after they knew they were eliminated. Just like the CT they had a lot of bad luck. Just one delivery in each of the first two games could have seen them win both.

    One error was in not picking two spinners per game. That alone cost them two wins, almost certainly. I agree threat they tried to play the game the wrong way for the conditions, though.

    Finally, this is T20. Anybody can win on the day and the fact is that Australia had a lot of close calls that went against them. That's life. Other teams - notably SA - didn't play that well either. In fact, tactically, they were terrible in the first two games. But they won all three close games. And remember, Australia absolutely thrashed SA in a T 20 series just before this WC started. That should tell you something about the nature of T20 cricket.

  • smudgeon on March 31, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I am a little unsure why Steve Smith wasn't here (although IMO, he should be tests only for the time being). His returns with bat and ball in T20 might not be spectacular, but he brings a sense of energy, enthusiasm and urgency to the field that would have gone some way to lifting the team a little (although probably not enough on his own). Bailey is an excellent captain, but at times he just seemed a little at sea on the field - maybe unsure what to do with the team he had, or how to arrest their slide into lethargy? The thing that still leaves me baffled time and again is: aren't Watto, Maxwell, Warner, etc. learning ANYTHING from their stints in the IPL? Surely at some point in the last few years they would have learnt something about playing spin in T20s in sub-continent conditions. Okay, so Maxwell's had a good tournament so far, but I just can't see how Watto and Warner (in particular) can be such sought-after commodities in domestic T20 when they can't play the slow bowlers...

  • Mitty2 on March 31, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Meh, it's T20, we're currently the best ODI and (unofficially) test side - so we really can't be expecting to be the best at everything, can we?

    Off the top of my head, amendments would include bringing in Lynn, dropping Hodge, Twatto, Doug and Haddin (his one day form has been dreadful for a while now), bringing in maybe Whiteman or Paine, bringing in SOK and lyon, keeping Hodge as he hasn't let himself down and he still is a very good finisher. Our batting is smash or get out - there's no medium. We need a batter that can anchor and finish, and ideally that'd be Bailey but he unfortunately lost form at the wrong time. Our bowling is really quite poor, we need a consistent and accurate seamer (Hastings now that Bird is injured), an attacking one - Starc, MJ - and someone who can do both - I think we're developing NCN for that role. Muirhead has done well so far.

    Proposed XI: Finch, Warner, Bailey, Maxwell, Lynn, Hodge, Whiteman/Paine, Starc, Hastings, SOK/Muirhead, NCN.

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    The Aussies wanted to hit almost every ball for a six and when some of these landed in the safe hands of fielders they seem to have lost their will to fight. We all know that they will come back in any format on Australian pitches but readiness to play on spin favouring pitches also should be their plan.

  • WildAmigo on March 31, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Australia have such a talented side but a bit cocky players. They have a solid bench strength but fail to understand the selection of players. Why the selector haven't selected Aston Agar, Mitchel Marsh, Pattinson etc

  • stormy16 on March 31, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    A total write off was the t20 WC for Aus. No one stood up except may be Maxwel. I think Aus took a gamble with the squad selection and it didnt pay off. Hindsight is easy but the experienced older brigade delivered nothing and was proven to be incorrect selections.

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Bad days for Australia but they have ability to fight back

  • KabsCricki on March 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    The three teams that beat Australia are among the favourites to win the cup. Windies are the defending champions and India are the team to beat so there is the factor that they were outplayed in all three games(the last one being a performance by a defeated team as Cullinan pointed out). T20 format is about the approach and how the team performs in the moment, something OZ failed at, no excuses.

  • on March 31, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Good article.... I think too many old members....Hogg aged 43 missed a sitter when U.Akmal on 22 went on to score 96.....Haddin aged 37 missed stumping Gayle of all players on 20....and those teams just about got over the line

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  • on March 31, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Good article.... I think too many old members....Hogg aged 43 missed a sitter when U.Akmal on 22 went on to score 96.....Haddin aged 37 missed stumping Gayle of all players on 20....and those teams just about got over the line

  • KabsCricki on March 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    The three teams that beat Australia are among the favourites to win the cup. Windies are the defending champions and India are the team to beat so there is the factor that they were outplayed in all three games(the last one being a performance by a defeated team as Cullinan pointed out). T20 format is about the approach and how the team performs in the moment, something OZ failed at, no excuses.

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Bad days for Australia but they have ability to fight back

  • stormy16 on March 31, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    A total write off was the t20 WC for Aus. No one stood up except may be Maxwel. I think Aus took a gamble with the squad selection and it didnt pay off. Hindsight is easy but the experienced older brigade delivered nothing and was proven to be incorrect selections.

  • WildAmigo on March 31, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Australia have such a talented side but a bit cocky players. They have a solid bench strength but fail to understand the selection of players. Why the selector haven't selected Aston Agar, Mitchel Marsh, Pattinson etc

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    The Aussies wanted to hit almost every ball for a six and when some of these landed in the safe hands of fielders they seem to have lost their will to fight. We all know that they will come back in any format on Australian pitches but readiness to play on spin favouring pitches also should be their plan.

  • Mitty2 on March 31, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Meh, it's T20, we're currently the best ODI and (unofficially) test side - so we really can't be expecting to be the best at everything, can we?

    Off the top of my head, amendments would include bringing in Lynn, dropping Hodge, Twatto, Doug and Haddin (his one day form has been dreadful for a while now), bringing in maybe Whiteman or Paine, bringing in SOK and lyon, keeping Hodge as he hasn't let himself down and he still is a very good finisher. Our batting is smash or get out - there's no medium. We need a batter that can anchor and finish, and ideally that'd be Bailey but he unfortunately lost form at the wrong time. Our bowling is really quite poor, we need a consistent and accurate seamer (Hastings now that Bird is injured), an attacking one - Starc, MJ - and someone who can do both - I think we're developing NCN for that role. Muirhead has done well so far.

    Proposed XI: Finch, Warner, Bailey, Maxwell, Lynn, Hodge, Whiteman/Paine, Starc, Hastings, SOK/Muirhead, NCN.

  • smudgeon on March 31, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I am a little unsure why Steve Smith wasn't here (although IMO, he should be tests only for the time being). His returns with bat and ball in T20 might not be spectacular, but he brings a sense of energy, enthusiasm and urgency to the field that would have gone some way to lifting the team a little (although probably not enough on his own). Bailey is an excellent captain, but at times he just seemed a little at sea on the field - maybe unsure what to do with the team he had, or how to arrest their slide into lethargy? The thing that still leaves me baffled time and again is: aren't Watto, Maxwell, Warner, etc. learning ANYTHING from their stints in the IPL? Surely at some point in the last few years they would have learnt something about playing spin in T20s in sub-continent conditions. Okay, so Maxwell's had a good tournament so far, but I just can't see how Watto and Warner (in particular) can be such sought-after commodities in domestic T20 when they can't play the slow bowlers...

  • Mindmeld on March 31, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    The truth is that they were hardly bad, except in the last game after they knew they were eliminated. Just like the CT they had a lot of bad luck. Just one delivery in each of the first two games could have seen them win both.

    One error was in not picking two spinners per game. That alone cost them two wins, almost certainly. I agree threat they tried to play the game the wrong way for the conditions, though.

    Finally, this is T20. Anybody can win on the day and the fact is that Australia had a lot of close calls that went against them. That's life. Other teams - notably SA - didn't play that well either. In fact, tactically, they were terrible in the first two games. But they won all three close games. And remember, Australia absolutely thrashed SA in a T 20 series just before this WC started. That should tell you something about the nature of T20 cricket.

  • on March 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Also, it's the left cared about format in Australia. I'm not saying it's not important for all the international fans out there - but every cricket fan I know stopped talking about cricket straight after the South African tests. Only the diehards are even vaguely interested and even then it's seen as a bit of hit and giggle. Maybe cricket Australia has Kurt invented their resources where they will see returns?